Our best insights into how a prospective President might run the government can be gleaned from how he runs his campaign.
Senator John McCain’s campaigns have long been defined by internal squabbling and power plays, zigzagging lines of command and a penchant by the candidate for consulting with former advisers without alerting current ones, always a recipe for disquiet.
Mr. McCain is uncomfortable firing people or banishing them entirely. His orbit remains filled with people who have been demoted without being told they are being demoted, like Mr. Davis, who continues to hold the title of campaign manager even as Mr. Schmidt manages the campaign.
Mr. McCain has promised once again to balance the budget by the end of his first term in 2013, his advisers said Monday. They were reverting to an earlier pledge that Mr. McCain abandoned in April, when he proposed a series of costly tax cuts and, citing the ailing economy, said that it might take two terms to balance the budget.
This is not exactly the decisive leader his ads portray him to be. If he can’t even resolve disputes between his own staff, how will he ever be able to bring the country together? I have a feeling that’s why some important fiscal conservatives like Bruce Bartlett and Andrew Sullivan have decided to support Obama.